Six Nations: Five things we learnt – Wales

first_imgWales were expected to use their much-vaunted team to dispatch with the inexperienced England 23 but it didn’t turn out as expected Hat tip for Stuart LancasterStuart Lancaster deserved that win. Hugely so in fact. He’s had a tough week and that’s before he had to face a laser show of such proportions not seen since Robot Wars left our screens in 2001. The injuries that his squad have suffered have seriously hampered his planning and any desire to work on consistency of selection and settled centre combinations clearly won’t happen during this tournament. However, England delivered one of the finest performs of his Lancaster’s tenure on Friday and made Wales’ pre match antics seem churlish. England’s front row was rock solid and the backrow, led by the impressive James Haskell, were effective both with and without the ball.Post-mortem: James Haskell bounced off a post but was hugely impressive (Pic INPHO)George Ford and Mike Brown executed an accurate and varied tactical kicking game that regularly caught out Wales’ notoriously aggressive line speed – Brown’s neat kick through for Watson’s try was superb. The positives for England don’t merely end with the result either. This was a handsome victory even with a poor goal kicking percentage of 67% and Haskell missing a try by running full tilt into 250kg of rugby posts – they’re just about the only thing that did stop him on Friday. England were largely written off before the start of the tournament. Not so now.Wales beat EnglandIt’s the headline that all Welsh supporters wanted to read on Saturday morning but instead had to wait until Sunday. Wales under 20s beat England by 21-15 and secured their first win in ten meetings and thankfully put to bed last season’s 67-7 score line. It was a great victory, against an almost senior sized English pack, and ended with one of the finest defensive displays that you’ll witness at age grade level.Wales’ women also dished up a superb win against their English counterparts by 13-0. That’s only the second time that they have beaten England – who are the current World Champions. Wales’ senior men often over shadow the women’s and age grade teams during the Six Nations, but for once it was the other around. Congratulations to all those involved. Balanced views are required. But may be hard to find this week.After a 16-21 defeat to England on the opening weekend of the 2015 RBS Six Nations balanced viewpoints will be rare in Wales this week. And understandably so. Wales v England is like Christmas Day in Cardiff and losing to England is like finding Santa in bed with your spouse. This week will see passionate calls for a dramatic overhaul of the Welsh scrum and radical positional changes; however a more measured response is more likely and appropriate. Wales weren’t blown away for 80 minutes. The reality is Wales had a solid opening 40 minutes where an accurate kick and chase strategy allowed them to gain 50% of the territory and 49% of the ball.Moment of inspiration: Taulupe Faletau’s invention was a rare brightspot for Wales (Pic INPHO)Taulupe Faletau’s moment of brilliance, where he retrieved the ball from so far inside the scrum that he looked like a vet delivering a calf, allowed Wales to walk in at half time with a 16-8 lead. But of course if we’re looking for balance the bad cannot ignored and there was plenty of it. The Welsh set piece struggled, and during the second half allowed England’s pack and backs to dominate. England’s backrow literally ‘choked’ Wales and their strategy of preventing the Welsh carriers from setting rucks was hugely effective. This will be a tough week for the Welsh players and supporters – but by no means insurmountable.‘Warrenball’ can’t be blamed. But it must be questioned.Warren Gatland’s rugby blueprint will undoubtedly receive a large portion of the blame for Friday’s defeat. In truth it would be unfair to blame the defeat on Wales’ penchant for sending their big, fast carriers directly and repeatedly into the narrow channels – without a solid set piece no strategy can work effectively. However any Wales loss, between now and the end of the Rugby World Cup, should justifiably question Gatland’s reliance on his well-documented style of play. ‘Warrenball’ requires one thing – ball. Without ball it doesn’t work effectively.Knocking on the door: There are calls for Liam Williams to add creativity to the Welsh backline (Pic Inpho)Attritional heavy carrying requires consistent fast possession to clamber over the gainline and sufficiently jumble the defensive line. When it works, it works perfectly as Wales’s recent record in the Six Nations has shown. Bet when the set piece falters and the possession slows, Wales’s patterns can become predicable. Wales no longer have a squad set up to counter attack, and the deft offloads and angles of 2005 are long gone – though the inclusion of Liam Williams would help in this respect. It was interesting to see that France, Scotland and England attempted wider, less predictable patterns than Wales this weekend. The game is evolving. Wales need to keep pace.If the ref doesn’t like your props. Change them fastThe Welsh scrum had issues against England. Both Samson Lee and Gethin Jenkins found themselves heavily penalised and the resulting kicks cost Wales, points, valuable field position and territory. Warren Gatland clearly didn’t agree with the penalties, but that doesn’t really matter. Only Jerome Garces’ opinion, on ‘hinging’, mattered on Friday night and there is an argument that Lee and Jenkins should have been substituted earlier.Scrum issues: Jerome Garces didn’t take to the Welsh front row (Pic INPHO)Subbing a prop early is no longer a deliberate slight on their performance, even the world’s best scrummagers suffer from referee’s ‘interpretation’ – it is part of the modern game. It seems odd that Gatland was reluctant to make such a call. He’s not exactly shy of yanking props off the field as we saw with Adam Jones during the last 12 months.center_img LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

Let’s Talk About it – Episode 20: Governor Scott’s surprise proposal

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply This Monday on LET’S TALK ABOUT IT with Rod Love and Greg Jackson, the “Dynamic Duo” is on the Final Round of the Apopka City Commission Candidate Showcase, as we welcome Suzanne Kidd (Seat #1) and Alice Nolan (Seat #2) into the studio to discuss their vision for the second largest municipality in Orange County. Reggie Connell, the Managing Editor of The Apopka Voice will also be on hand to interview the candidates.Suzanne KiddBut, before Apopka politics, the two hosts will discuss the landmark proposal by Florida Governor Rick Scott to change gun laws in the state and allocate $500-million towards school safety. It is a bit interesting why some oppose this move, but, Rod and Greg will try to make sense of it all. This is not just a Florida issue, but an issue bound for national debate and possibly the U.S. Supreme Court as gun rights advocates may view this as an assault on the 2nd Amendment.Alice NolanTune in to 1680am WOKB, online at or on Facebook @letstalkaboutitlive Monday from 7 pm to 8 pm to hear Rod Love and Greg Jackson on LET’S TALK ABOUT IT, Central Florida’s leading results-oriented radio talk show … This is a can’t miss show that will blow your mind! Reply Please enter your name here Mama Mia I was doing something else, and just tuned in a few minutes ago, and what did I hear on the radio show? I heard ” I have attended every council meeting, planning commission” and blah, blah, blah, etc. Please, I beg, give Sue Kidd a brownie button, or attendance certificate with a star on it, in recognition of her attendance, at the next council meeting, as I am sick of hearing this old worn out boasting over and over like a broken record……who cares??? TAGSGreg JacksonLet’s Talk About ItRod Love Previous articleJoin The Apopka Voice team: Sales Manager neededNext articleApopka Burglary Report Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Mama Mia February 26, 2018 at 7:37 pm Mama Mia Reggie, I heard you speaking on the radio before, and I thought you sound youthful. What age are you, Reggie, if you don’t mind my asking?….LOL…… Alice Nolan has it right…..she is talking about Apopka, and focused on Apopka! Alice LOVES Apopka! Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter 3 COMMENTS Reply *****Let’s Talk About It, with Rod Love and co-host Greg Jackson, now on its 17th episode, is an edgy new radio program that has a distinct “Apopka” tone.Rod LoveHosts Rod Love and Greg Jackson are well-known figures in Apopka. Love is a local businessman and the co-chair of the Apopka Task Force against Violence. He is a consistent speaker at Apopka City Council meetings. Jackson is a local attorney that ran for the Florida Legislature in 2016 for District 45, which includes a part of Apopka.The show airs on WOKB 1680AM on Mondays from 7-8 PM. You may also stream it online here.Let’s Talk About It describes itself as a show in search of results-oriented solutions. It tackles important subjects such as crime in urban communities, jobs, business growth, relationship with the police, transitioning from a mom and pop proprietorship to mom and pop incorporation and a whole lot of other action initiatives that affect the quality of life of individuals and families are the major focus. Its goal is to develop an understanding of the everyday needs and issues of people and assist in empowering them with the necessary information or motivation towards addressing such needs, all with the support of professionals or experts who will be the show’s guests.Greg Jackson  Let’s Talk About It has an interactive style of information sharing that is both entertaining and educational.  It acts as a vehicle for civic and faith-based organizations, small businesses and everyday citizens to be able to work together to foster a progressive development of communities’ interactivity with one another.To join the conversation tonight, call Let’s Talk About It at 407-894-1680. February 26, 2018 at 8:10 pm Reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. For real? The CRA meeting is at 5:00pm on Wed. Feb. 28th, 2018, and the Apopka City Commissioner debate for Seat #1 is the same date from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm?????? Why was this scheduled on this day, at that time????? Looks very devious to me. What if the current Apopka City Commissioners wanted to attend the debate? I guess they would be out of luck. What if a citizen wanted to attend both events???? I guess if you go to the CRA meeting, you wouldn’t get a seat at the debate at Highland Manor, or if the CRA meeting goes overtime, like the last CRA meeting, you would miss the debate……so here is what I have for the person or people who planned this together at the almost same time and date… is my rotten tomatoes and I am hurling them right here, right now, from this website!!! Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Please enter your comment! UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here February 26, 2018 at 7:51 pmlast_img read more

Texas WWP statement condemns mass murder

first_imgThe Texas branch of Workers World Party condemns, in the strongest terms, the mass murder in El Paso and the system of white supremacy that produced it.  Reports on Aug. 3 estimate that a white supremacist murdered at least 20 people after driving over 9 hours from Dallas/Fort Worth to El Paso. His premeditated dedication to vile racism was spelled out in a white supremacist manifesto. Injuries and deaths are likely being underreported, as people fled the scene in fear of potential kidnapping by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents — to the point that people even avoided seeking medical attention for their injuries. Both the shooter’s manifesto and the deeply racist history of Texas lynch mobs must be at the forefront of this discussion.  In a country and state founded on white supremacy, we must fight the return of the lynch mob that threatens im/migrants and people of color. This latest shooter is not a one-off, but the product of an imperialist system that both encourages and depends on racism. While the media paint him as a misguided lone wolf, the fact that his ideas were shared and fostered in online message boards suggests he had a vast network of support from fellow racists energized by Trump and politicians like Ted Cruz, who casually take photos and meet with members of known hate groups. Politicians seeking to hide white supremacy call for expanded gun control or “assistance” for people with mental health. Gun control has historically resulted in the increased incarceration of people of color, while “mental illness” is used as a scapegoat for racism. Some Democrats have found the gumption to call Trump a racist who encourages violence against im/migrants and other oppressed groups, but they stop short of addressing the system that not only allows these right-wing terrorists to go unchecked, but is responsible for placing Trump in office in the first place! A Chicano member of WWP Dallas said, “I just ask myself: How many more times must this violence take place before we organize our communities? If white supremacy is left unchecked, I expect nothing short of another genocide of people of color.” We need a working-class movement that places the struggles of oppressed people, like those targeted in the massacre Aug. 3, at the forefront. A movement that will step forward when people of color are under attack; one that tells capitalists, “Not one more death!”We demand justice for the victims of the massacre. We demand the abolition of ICE and the racist border, an end to concentration camps, mass incarceration and a society free of white supremacist and police terror!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

‘It’s on Us’ week shifts focus towards Greek community

first_imgSettlement reached between TCU, former professor in discrimination lawsuit Benton McDonald Benton McDonald Twitter Board approves tuition freeze, RRI actions but doesn’t act on eligibility issue spurred by Williams Greek students were invited to table with members of SGA Thursday. Photo courtesy: Jack Wallace Linkedin Benton McDonald Benton McDonald + posts Chancellor talks stimulus money, COVID-19 vaccines and more at limited attendance faculty town hall World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Thousands of TCU community members receive COVID-19 vaccines as university supply increases Benton McDonald is a senior journalism and political science double major from Austin, Texas. He has worked for TCU360 since his freshman year and is currently the executive editor. printThis year’s “It’s on Us” campaign to end sexual assault included a focus on Greek organizations, but an invitation to discuss awareness didn’t draw a crowd.About 10 students attended the open forum about sexual violence hosted by Kataryna Lewyckyj, SGA’s director of sexual assault awareness.The event was planned by junior JT Snyder, a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity. Snyder said he decided to plan the event when YouTuber Steven Crowder came to campus earlier this month and questioned the idea of rape culture.“When we start that conversation about it [sexual violence], we’re entering into a dialogue that really needs to happen that’s not happening,” said sophomore Tanner Robinson. Photo courtesy: Jack Wallace“Do I think it was done in the right way? No,” Snyder said. “But it has led to more conversations and I hope it leads to the right kind of conversations happening.”The forum featured Lewyckyj asking a variety of questions to students about the culture in Greek life and the attitudes on sexual assault it creates.Some students said the current TCU Greek culture doesn’t like to talk about sexual violence and that more people need to be held accountable. “They don’t have time to talk about this,” Lewyckyj said. “Fraternities and sororities need to create the time to talk about it.”This year, TCU became an official chapter of “It’s on Us”, a national organization whose goal is to end sexual assault, according to their website.SGA sponsored activities this week that included tabling, a screening of a documentary about sexual assault on college campuses and three seminars. Graphics were created for chapters to use to promote sexual assault awareness among their members. SGA designed custom “It’s on Us” graphics for greek organizations that agreed to participate. Photo courtesy: Kataryna LewyckyjAccording to the National Institute of Justice, 25 percent of sexual assault victims surveyed were sorority members but only 14 percent of non-victims surveyed belonged to a sorority.One student talked about the number of seminars and trainings he had been required to complete for alcohol and drug awareness but never one about how to talk to fellow members about sexual violence. Lewyckyj said that even if only one person was reached in all of the weeks’ initiatives, it was worth it. “It’s cool to have these big events but talking to people personally and knowing their personal stories has been the real mission behind this,” she said.“It’s on Us” week will conclude with a seminar on leadership in the era of the #MeToo movement from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in Smith Hall room 314. Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Facebook ReddIt Twitter Facebook Benton McDonald Previous article#DearTCU: Justice Coalition wants students to share their storiesNext articleThe Skiff: October 25, 2018 Benton McDonald RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Linkedin ReddItlast_img read more

A Game-changer to drive News Credibility: RSF and Partners publish JTI Standard on Journalism

first_imgRead the Standard document hereMore information on JTI is available here. News Reports and statisticsOnline freedomsMedia independence Internet Organisation On 19 December 2019, the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) has officially issued the Standard document, that was developed by the ‘Journalism Trust Initiative’ (JTI) over the last two years. After its launch by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) with its partners Agence France Presse (AFP), the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and the Global Editors Network (GEN), over 120 experts and institutions participated in the drafting stage of JTI. As a benchmark for self-assessment and voluntary disclosure of media outlets, the JTI Standard features 18 clauses that range from ownership and sources of revenue to the editorial process, including topics like correction policies, labelling of opinion or sponsored content, and ensuring accuracy. Every newspaper, or news agency, TV channel or radio station, website or blog can use it as a checklist for a thorough, internal diagnosis of its manufacturing chain and for optimizing it, if needed. Media outlets are encouraged to meet the requirements of the JTI Standard and to be transparent about it. Full compliance may potentially be validated through an external audit as it is common in many industries. Journalism worthy of its name must be clearly distinguishable, by humans and by algorithms. That’s why JTI has translated mostly existing professional norms into machine-readable code. At the production level of journalism, these commonly agreed criteria of quality and independence can drive transparency and get verified to reinstate trust. To that end, JTI provides indicators for media outlets to self-assess and comply with – and for citizens, advertisers and regulators to recognize and reward it. It does not, however, allow for the rating of individual pieces of content as such a mechanism might be misused to curtail the freedom of speech. Over a time-span of 14 months, a dedicated, diverse group of participating organizations and individuals developed the final text by consensus. During a public consultation phase, over 200 comments on the draft standard were received and most of them, fully or in parts, incorporated in the document. It was then adopted by a majority, with one vote against and two abstentions, at a plenary session of participants in Brussels on 22 November, 2019. RSF_en December 18, 2019 – Updated on January 15, 2020 A Game-changer to drive News Credibility: RSF and Partners publish JTI Standard on Journalismcenter_img Like any other standard, JTI is driven by demand. Algorithmically driven indexing, ranking and distribution of news, particularly by social media platforms and other tech companies, is under growing scrutiny. Therefore, externalizing this process and source, govern and further develop the underlying criteria independently, is becoming a viable option that JTI can deliver. Both Facebook and Google had joined the group of stakeholders early on and contributed to its work, particularly with a view on the machine-readability of this Standard document. JTI was invented to translate this growing demand into tangible incentives for media outlets that chose to apply this Standard in the first place. Compliance with professional norms is an investment that must pay off, in audience’s trust, in reach and visibility, limitation of liability, and eventually in better business. The voluntary, self-regulatory and multi-stakeholder approach of ‘official’ standard setting is proving this logic in other sectors every day worldwide. It is a tested and scalable mechanism that JTI now makes accessible for every media outlet, big or small. Ethically and professionally sound actors in the information space deserve a competitive advantage, which the ‘Journalism Trust Initiative’ is facilitating very practically. Related documents cwa17493.pdfPDF – 474.53 KB After a first drafting and pilot phase in 2019, RSF and its partners will refine and offer an online tool for JTI self-assessment. In addition, a mechanism for independent audits will be further developed. This second phase starts now. Reports and statisticsOnline freedomsMedia independence Internet Help by sharing this information Also, media development actors, as well as regulatory and self-regulatory bodies, like press councils, participated and now consider the JTI Standard as a valuable instrument to better fulfil their diverse duties. Advertisers, last but not least, have expressed their vested interest in criteria and related signals that can steer spending towards safer environments online, in order to protect the integrity of their brands, and thus help to remonetize journalism worthy of the name. The Standard resulting from the ‘Journalism Trust Initiative’ is available from 19 December 2019 to serve as an instrument to promote transparency and accountability of news media, but also to incentivize and reward compliance with professional norms. Its development, initiated by Reporters Without Borders (RSF), has been facilitated by the French standardization body AFNOR and supported by its German sister organization DIN on behalf of the European Committee for Standardization.last_img read more

Malin Head station to close for upgrade works next year

first_imgNewsx Adverts Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Twitter Facebook Pinterest Twitter Facebook WhatsApp By News Highland – July 2, 2010 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Google+center_img Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Pinterest Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic It’s emerged that Malin Head Coast Guard station will close for a brief period early next year.In the Seanad last night, Senator Cecilia Keavney asked what the delay in promised improvements following a government promise to retain and update the facility.Upgrading of the station’s equipment was due to start at the beginning of this year but no work has been done to date.Responding, Junior Minister Mary White said in the medium to long term, a new building will be needed to house new equipment and the staff required to run it.She’s been outlining the government’s interim plans……….[podcast][/podcast] Google+ WhatsApp 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Malin Head station to close for upgrade works next year Previous articleFunding confirmed for new Gweedore libraryNext articleDoherty promises closer SF led cross border cooperation News Highland last_img read more

‘Domestic’ terrorists could target July 4 holiday events, but no known plots: Feds

first_imgkrblokhin/iStock(WASHINGTON) — Federal authorities are warning that white supremacists and other political radicals could look to attack Independence Day revelers on July 4, noting in a bulletin to law enforcement around the country that domestic terrorists “have attacked perceived oppressors, opponents, or enemies engaged in outdoor First Amendment-protected rallies or protests during past summers.”The warning came in a joint intelligence bulletin issued by the FBI, Department of Homeland Security and National Counterterrorism Center, urging law enforcement personnel to remain vigilant for suspicious activity.Such bulletins are routinely distributed in the days before a major national holiday, but previous bulletins have often focused on “homegrown” terrorists inspired by overseas groups like ISIS or al-Qaeda rather than “domestic” terrorists radicalized by domestic issues such as abortion or white supremacy.The bulletin, which was issued Wednesday, makes prominent mention of both threats inside the U.S. homeland.“The FBI, DHS, and NCTC remain concerned that [they] could target upcoming Independence Day celebrations, gatherings, or parades, though we are unaware of any current plots specifically targeting such events,” stated the bulletin, obtained by ABC News. “We note that attacks can occur with little to no warning because of the frequently lower levels of security around civilian targets, challenges in securing large crowds, and calls for attacks against soft targets.”Both “domestic” and “homegrown” terrorists “likely would use simplistic tactics and relatively easily obtainable weapons such as firearms, knives, and vehicles—although some violent extremists have historically sought to use explosive devices.”Beyond domestic terrorism threats, the bulletin warns that ISIS has recently renewed calls for sympathizers to launch their own attacks inside the United States.Last week, the FBI arrested a 21-year-old Pennsylvania man for allegedly plotting to bomb a church in Pittsburgh. He had come to the United States as a refugee from Syria and was allegedly inspired by ISIS.The FBI is currently tracking about 1,000 suspected “homegrown” terrorists inside the United States who authorities believe have been inspired by ISIS, al Qaeda or other foreign terrorist organizations, a senior FBI official recently testified to Congress.Meanwhile, the FBI is currently investigating about 850 suspected “domestic” terrorists, the official said. And since late last year, the agency has seen a significant uptick in domestic terrorism investigations involving white supremacists, officials told ABC News.“In fact, there have been more arrests and deaths in the United States caused by domestic terrorists than international terrorists in recent years,” the head of the FBI’s counterterrorism division, Assistant Director Michael McGarrity, recently told a House panel.The bulletin issued Wednesday ahead of the July 4 holiday mentioned the case of James Fields, who in 2017 drove his car into a crowd of counter-protesters at the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, killing a woman and injuring scores of others.On Friday, Fields was sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of federal hate crimes.Wednesday’s bulletin emphasized: “The FBI, DHS, and NCTC are not aware of any specific, credible threats surrounding the upcoming Independence Day holiday, but note that previous attacks in the Homeland have happened with little to no warning.”Asked about the new bulletin, an FBI spokeswoman said in a statement, “The FBI regularly assesses intelligence regarding possible threats to the U.S. and will continue to work closely with our federal, state, and local law enforcement partners should there be any potential threat to public safety. We ask members of the public to maintain awareness of their surroundings and to report any suspicious activity to law enforcement immediately.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Bees Outlast Rainiers In 10 Innings

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail(Tacoma, WA)  —  Francisco Arcia and Dustin Ackley drove in runs in the top of the 10th inning as the Bees outlasted the Rainiers 10-8 in Tacoma.Eric Young Junior, Rymer Liriano, and Jose Miguel Fernandez each homered for Salt Lake in the win.  Ralston Cash came away with the win as the Bees improved to 33-and-22.The series continues through Sunday. Robert Lovell Tags: Baseball/PCL/Salt Lake Bees June 1, 2018 /Sports News – Local Bees Outlast Rainiers In 10 Innings Written bylast_img read more

Soccer star Alex Morgan gives birth to a baby girl

first_img Written by May 9, 2020 /Sports News – National Soccer star Alex Morgan gives birth to a baby girl “She made us wait longer than expected, but I should have known she would do it her way and her way only. My super moon baby,” Morgan wrote.A cavalcade of her teammates, including Mallory Pugh, Abby Dahlkemper, Morgan Brian, Lindsey Horan, Sydney Leroux and Rose Lavelle, congratulated her on the baby in the comments. Baseball great Alex Rodriguez, basketball Hall of Famer Steve Nash and Olympic swimmer and two-time gold medalist Simone Manuel also got in on the congrats.Morgan, 30, and Carrasco, 31, married in 2014 and announced last year that they were expecting a baby girl. She told “Good Morning America” in February that “taking a step back from soccer” while pregnant was “a little different” for her, but added, “I am enjoying it.”“I hope that she’s born into a world that she can accomplish much bigger and better things that I’m ever capable of,” Morgan said.One issue that’s important to Morgan has been pay equity for women. She and her USWNT co-captain Megan Rapinoe told “Good Morning America” on May 4 that the team plans to appeal a federal judge’s decision to throw out their unequal pay claim in the more than $66 million lawsuit they filed against the United States Soccer Federation. The women’s national team won the World Cup in 2015 and 2019, and last won the Olympic gold in 2012. The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games have been postponed due to COVID-19 concerns until at least 2021.“This decision was out of left field for us. I think for both sides it was very unexpected,” Morgan said. “If anyone knows anything about the heart of this team, we are fighters and we will continue to fight together for this.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailAlberto Rodriguez/E! Entertainment/NBCU Photo BankBy: LESLEY MESSER AND HENDERSON HEWES, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Soccer star Alex Morgan is a mom.The U.S. women’s national team co-captain and her husband, soccer player Servando Carrasco, welcomed a daughter, Charlie Elena, on May 7.Morgan shared a photo of the new arrival on Instagram, saying she was born at 11:30 a.m. and weighed in at 8 pounds, 5 ounces. At 1130am on May 7 weighing 8lbs5oz, Charlie Elena Carrasco made her grand entrance into the world. She made us wait longer than expected, but I should have known she would do it her way and her way only. My super moon baby.A post shared by Alex Morgan (@alexmorgan13) on May 9, 2020 at 11:24am PDT View this post on Instagram Beau Lundlast_img read more

Planning consent rejected for UK Oil & Gas’ Loxley gas appraisal project

first_img Planning consent has been refused for the Loxley gas appraisal project onshore UK. (Credit: Terry McGraw from Pixabay) The Surrey County Council (SCC) in the UK has rejected planning consent for the UK Oil & Gas’ Loxley-1/1z Portland gas appraisal project.Located within the company’s 100% owned licence PEDL234, the Loxley-1 project aims to appraise the significant Portland gas accumulation that was discovered and flow tested 8km to the west by Conoco’s 1982 Godley Bridge-1 well.The latest decision, however, is contrary to the Council officers’ report, which recommended approval citing that as all issues with regards to planning, environmental and highways having been resolved.UK Oil & Gas said that the SCC’s decision ignores the major role domestic natural gas plays in the government’s stated low-carbon hydrogen policy.In a press statement, the company said: “Low carbon hydrogen is a key element of government infrastructure strategy and is vital to help achieve net zero and underpin the UK’s recovery from record Covid-19 induced debt levels.”UK Oil & Gas seeks to appeal against SCC’s decisionUpon carefully considering its position, the company is contemplating to file an appeal claiming that the SCC’s decision is unreasonable on the evidence presented and the positive recommendation of the Council officers.In September this year, UK Oil & Gas confirmed the presence of significant gas resource at the Loxley gas project.As per the Xodus Group’s report estimates, the area of the Loxley Portland gas discovery contains a significant mean case gross gas initially in place (GIIP) of 49 billion cubic feet (bcf).Subject to the grant of planning consent for the appraisal and long-term testing programme as well as Covid-19 permitting, the company planned to drill the Loxley-1 well in second-half of next year. The Loxley-1 project aims to appraise the significant Portland gas accumulation that was discovered and flow tested last_img read more